Dietrich Klinge is a highly respected German artist who received training in drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Much of Klinge’s early imagery references woodland spirits from tales of German folklore and legends. This sculpture was originally carved in wood and then cast in bronze to preserve the characteristics of the wood. The bold form and textured surface reflect early 20th century expressionism and non-western traditions.
Meijer Gardens also owns a model of this piece.
Dietrich Klinge. Grosser Trefree, 2000. Bronze, 56.69 x 38 x 42 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Dietrich Klinge.